Official Review: A New First Day by Elena Maria Grant

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Official Review: A New First Day by Elena Maria Grant

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A New First Day" by Elena Maria Grant.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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How do you prepare children for the changes and challenges they will face as they return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic? Drawing from her experience as a teacher, Elena Grant provides young readers with a detailed glimpse of what to expect in the classroom in her informative children's book, A New First Day. The story follows Cindy and her mask-clad classmates as they navigate social distancing and classes taught on Zoom. Grant sensitively conveys the challenges Cindy faces as well as her apprehension and frustration.

This timely children's book is 48 pages. It is professionally edited and features lovely illustrations by Tianjian Qu. Both the author and the illustrator include multicultural and bilingual representation through the vocabulary and colorful images of children of different ethnicities. In addition to educating young readers about the virus and necessary precautions, the book traverses themes of fear, frustration, resilience, reassurance, family, faith, joy, and healthy hygiene.

There is a lot to like about this educational picture book. Grant's experience with children is evident; she effectively expresses details from a child's perspective, including Cindy's desire to see her teacher's smiling face behind her mask. Grant also includes age-appropriate humor, such as Cindy's emphatic response that she "didn't want that crown on her head!" after she learned the definition of "corona" in Spanish class. Children will relate to Cindy's delight in making fun face masks during arts and crafts. The illustrations are excellent, and the appearance of the Zoom screen featuring multiple students is quite realistic. The book is an excellent resource for reassuring students beginning or returning to school during the pandemic.

As might be surmised from the previous paragraph, I am unable to name anything I dislike about this delightful children's book. Grant educates young students without scaring them. She also includes an illustrated list of protective precautions and a brief glossary of vocabulary words.

I am pleased to rate A New First Day 4 out of 4 stars. Its relevant topic, educational content, and multicultural representation will appeal to anyone desiring to teach children about staying safe during the pandemic. I recommend it to students through the age of 10, parents, grandparents, and teachers.

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Thank you for your comprehensive review. I wonder if, 100 years from now, books like this will be studied by historians as evidence of how our society dealt with a pandemic, sending terrified children into the classroom, forcing them to face this horrific and deadly disease with not much more than a mask and a prayer. Perhaps books like this can at least help ease the psychological burden of it all.
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This is such a good idea for a children’s book! Many children would benefit from a colorful children’s book explanation of returning to school. I hope it helps children that are nervous about the return to school and helps parents explain it to their kids in a fun way.
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — L. M. Montgomery
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It is sad that the children and teenagers of today’s age are still having to deal with this. Like school is already stressful enough as it is, a pandemic definitely isn’t helping in that department. I’m glad that books like these can be a helpful tool for the younger audience that don’t fully understand what is going on. Thank you for your insightful review.
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Books like these are important for children nowadays. Maybe if they read something like this, it would help ease them. I like how there are no issues with this book in particular. Thank you for your review :)
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The review encapsulated all the relevant information in a descriptive format. Wisdom of an experienced pedagogue is clear from the text.That you for a super review.
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LeighBee wrote: 23 Feb 2021, 15:40 Thank you for your comprehensive review. I wonder if, 100 years from now, books like this will be studied by historians as evidence of how our society dealt with a pandemic, sending terrified children into the classroom, forcing them to face this horrific and deadly disease with not much more than a mask and a prayer. Perhaps books like this can at least help ease the psychological burden of it all.
Thank you for your comment. I have wondered the same thing.
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Jenniferg_1105 wrote: 23 Feb 2021, 16:21 This is such a good idea for a children’s book! Many children would benefit from a colorful children’s book explanation of returning to school. I hope it helps children that are nervous about the return to school and helps parents explain it to their kids in a fun way.
I agree! Thanks for your comment. :tiphat:
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Dartemis wrote: 23 Feb 2021, 23:07 It is sad that the children and teenagers of today’s age are still having to deal with this. Like school is already stressful enough as it is, a pandemic definitely isn’t helping in that department. I’m glad that books like these can be a helpful tool for the younger audience that don’t fully understand what is going on. Thank you for your insightful review.
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.
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RayRuff wrote: 24 Feb 2021, 01:15 Books like these are important for children nowadays. Maybe if they read something like this, it would help ease them. I like how there are no issues with this book in particular. Thank you for your review :)
Thank you!
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Etienneza wrote: 24 Feb 2021, 04:55 The review encapsulated all the relevant information in a descriptive format. Wisdom of an experienced pedagogue is clear from the text.That you for a super review.
Thanks for your comment.
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This is absolutely a supposed panacea to the covid-19 grief on students; especialy pupils who are returning back to school after the covid break. From your review, this book gives a sustainable, child-friendly approach to protect our pupils and children. Well done for this review
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This is such a difficult time for children to return to school. A book written by an experienced teacher to help them overcome any additional obstacles caused by the corona virus is a welcome tool for children and parents. Beautiful illustrations, bilingual language and multiculturalism also go a long way to alleviate fear.
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This book is really relatable with present circumstances of every kid as well as teen.
This pandemic has increased the stress and work load for every one including children. We however see their problems as nothing and they get neglected due to our busy life. Great review.
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Nice one I am happy about these it will go a long way in helping the students
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